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At best, life is not very long. A few more smiles, a few more tears, some pleasure, much pain, sunshine, and songs, clouds and darkness, hasty greetings, abrupt farewells — then our little play will close, and the injurer and injured will pass away. Is it worth while to hate each other? As a general rule none obtain less sympathy than those who are continually running about to beg for it; whilst it is often liberally proffered to those who are almost too proud to accept it. This is a pity; for the supplicators for sympathy, though sometimes rather tiresome people, are often very kind ones. There is dew in one flower and not in another, because one opens its cup and takes if in, while the other closes itself, and the drop runs off. God rains His goodness and mercy as wide-spread as the dew, and if we lack them, it is because we will not open our hearts to receive them. An old Dutchman undertook to wallop his son, but Jake turned and walloped him. The old man consoled himself for his defeat by rejoicing at his son's manhood. He said: ‘"Vell, Jake is a smart fellow; he can whip his own teddy."’ They mean to raise tall students out in Wisconsin. An exchange paper says: ‘"Its board of education has resolved to erect a building large enough to accommodate five hundred students three stories high." ’ A fellow out West being asked whether the liquor he was drinking was a good article, replied: ‘"Wal, I don't know; I guess so. There is only one queer thing about it: whenever I wipe my mouth, I burn a hole in my shirt!"’ Three thousand Syrian Christian girls have been carried off and sold to the Turks during the late disturbances. A boy was asked what meekness was. He thought for a moment, and said--‘"Meekness gives smooth answers to rough questions."’
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